Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Overview:  Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PRIVATE VIOLENCE emphasizes the stigma domestic violence still carries for its victims, telling the stories of two women: Deanna, a victim turned survivor, and Kit Gruelle, a survivor who advocates for justice on behalf of Deanna and other battered women. Highlighting the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting domestic violence cases, the timely documentary offers a gripping story. It is a fact: the most dangerous place for women in America is their own home. One in four...

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

Overview: On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off towards home on Long Island, a drive she had made numerous times before.  With her were five young children:  her son, her daughter and three nieces.  Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others.  One of the worst motor-vehicle accidents in New York State history, the tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

The Foo Fighters are about to rock your world from sites all over the country. Are you ready to travel the SONIC HIGHWAYS? HBOWatch posted the official Press Release back on 05.15.14 announcing the arrival of this documentary series showcasing the talents of Dave Grohl and band as they travel the country fleshing out a new album. That followed up with the first Teaser (06.29.14) and  a Premiere Announcement on 07.11.14. Now the show is ready to premiere. The first episode debuts Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm ET and takes us to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has been a mecca for music of all sorts, with acts as diverse as Cheap Trick, Etta...

HBO Documentary Films: HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA

HBO Documentary Films: HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA

Overview: Homosexuality was legalized in Russia 21 years ago, but gay people in the country have yet to win mainstream acceptance. In fact, attitudes in Russia appear to be moving backwards. With jobs and relationships at risk if their sexual orientation is exposed, most gay Russians remain closeted. This documentary features disturbing insider footage of homophobic Russians who, in the name of morality or religion, beat and torment gay people, posting graphic videos of their encounters online with few or no legal repercussions. These vigilantes see homosexuality as related to pedophilia, stating publicly that their justification for...

HBO Documentary Films: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

HBO Documentary Films: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

Overview: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, debuted MONDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9:00pm ET. The documentary profiles the provocative and influential publication  The New York Review of Books and its charismatic and indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers, who, along with his co-editor, Barbara Epstein (who passed away in 2006), has guided the Review  since its launch over a half-century ago. Explains Martin Scorsese, “I have learned so much over the years from The New York Review of Books . It has given me so much that I jumped at the chance to make this...

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

Overview: Each year, ten billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S., mostly on sprawling, industrialized farms, where virtually no federal laws mandate how the animals are treated – though guidelines exist – and state laws are ineffective. As a result, animals are frequently subjected to what many consider cruel treatment and inhumane conditions in the interest of economic efficiency. DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Creston, Ohio. This shocking documentary is produced by Tom Simon (a seven-time Emmy winner) and Sarah Teale, producer of the 2006...

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

Overview: On Sept. 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group from Somalia, attacked Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The siege lasted 49 hours, leaving 71 dead and hundreds wounded. Told from the vantage point of more than 100 security cameras revealing hours of previously unseen mall surveillance video, and drawing on extensive photos taken during the attack and testimony from survivors and rescuers depicted in the footage and photos, TERROR AT THE MALL recalls the horror of the attack, as well as the courage and resilience of ordinary citizens in the face of mass murder. TERROR AT THE MALL debuted on HBO on Monday,...

HBO Documentary Films: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE NYFD

HBO Documentary Films: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE NYFD

Overview: “‘A good job’ means a really tough fire,” says retired firefighter Alfred Benjamin. Some call it terrifying or seductive, but as Rescue 5’s Joseph Esposito notes, “You should be scared…that’s what keeps you alive.” Directed and produced by Liz Garbus (HBO’s LOVE, MARILYN, BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD and others) and produced by actor Steve Buscemi (Emmy nominee for HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE) this documentary explores life in one of the most demanding and innovative fire departments in the world. Featuring first-hand accounts of veteran firefighters and former FDNY member Buscemi, the film reveals what it feels...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT

Overview: On Dec. 23, 2008, two days before Christmas, the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio shut its doors. As a result, 2,500 workers and 200 management staff were left without jobs, while the closing is also sure to trigger the loss of thousands of related jobs and businesses. The film views the final months of the plant through the workers’ eyes as they reflect on their work and consider their next steps. In revealing interviews with people who considered themselves more family than co-workers, the film reveals the emotional toll of losing not just a job, but a sense of self. It closes with footage of the actual...

HBO Documentary Films: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

HBO Documentary Films: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

Overview:  The HBO press release states – When the curtain rose on the murder trial of Pamela Smart murder case 23 years ago, the stage was set for the birth of reality TV. Accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband Gregory, the 22-year-old Smart was subsequently convicted in the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel court case, which has inspired TV shows, books, plays and feature films. An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary explores how the media coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing. It features an exclusive new interview with Smart herself, as well as...

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

Lest you forget HBO has a lineup of late night entertainment that it airs but with no consistency. Those programs are all showings of previously aired content. HBO has not premiered anything new since SEX//Now back in January. That changed on Thursday, 08.14 when CATHOUSE: KING OF THE HOUSE premiered. HBO is not a stranger to the Cathouse in question, are you?  If you didn’t know the locale is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. Over the years HBO has aired specials and later a series about the house of ill repute in question. It all started with the documentary titled CATHOUSE in December 2002 which first...

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